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Homero San-Juan-Vergara, Eduardo Zurek, Nadim J Ajami, Christian Mogollon, Mario Peña, Ivan Portnoy, Jorge I Vélez, Christian Cadena-Cruz, Yirys Diaz-Olmos, Leidy Hurtado-Gómez, Silvana Sanchez-Sit, Danitza Hernández, Irina Urruchurtu, Pierina Di-Ruggiero, Ella Guardo-García, Nury Torres, Oscar Vidal-Orjuela, Diego Viasus, Joseph F Petrosino, Guillermo Cervantes-Acosta
HIV infection has a tremendous impact on the immune system's proper functioning. The mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) is significantly disarrayed during HIV infection. Compositional changes in the gut microbiota might contribute to the mucosal barrier disruption, and consequently to microbial translocation. We performed an observational, cross-sectional study aimed at evaluating changes in the fecal microbiota of HIV-infected individuals from Colombia. We analyzed the fecal microbiota of 37 individuals via 16S rRNA gene sequencing; 25 HIV-infected patients and 12 control (non-infected) individuals, which were similar in body mass index, age, gender balance and socioeconomic status...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Anthony Opeyemi Ayeni, Werner Ruppitsch, Funmilola Abidemi Ayeni
Gastrointestinal infections are endemic in Nigeria and several factors contribute to their continual survival, including bacterial resistance to commonly used antibiotics. Nigerian yogurts do not include probiotics, and limited information is available about the antimicrobial properties of the fermenters in the yogurt against gastrointestinal pathogens. Therefore, the antimicrobial potentials of bacteria in Nigeria-produced yogurts against intestinal pathogens were investigated in this study. Viable counts of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in 15 brands of yogurt were enumerated and the bacteria identified by partial sequencing of 16S rRNA gene...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dietary Supplements
Nikolaus Ackermann, Durdica Marosevic, Stefan Hörmansdorfer, Ute Eberle, Gabriele Rieder, Bianca Treis, Anja Berger, Heribert Bischoff, Katja Bengs, Regina Konrad, Wolfgang Hautmann, Katharina Schönberger, Anne Belting, Gisela Schlenk, Gabriele Margos, Martin Hoch, Friedrich Pürner, Volker Fingerle, Bernhard Liebl, Andreas Sing
Background and aimAs a consequence of socioeconomic and political crises in many parts of the world, many European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries have faced an increasing number of migrants. In the German federal state of Bavaria, a mandatory health screening approach is implemented, where individuals applying for asylum have to undergo a medical examination that includes serological testing for HIV and hepatitis B, screening for tuberculosis, and until September 2015, stool examination for Salmonella spp...
March 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Matthew K Doherty, Tao Ding, Charlie Koumpouras, Shannon E Telesco, Calixte Monast, Anuk Das, Carrie Brodmerkel, Patrick D Schloss
The fecal microbiota is a rich source of biomarkers that have previously been shown to be predictive of numerous disease states. Less well studied is the effect of immunomodulatory therapy on the microbiota and its role in response to therapy. This study explored associations between the fecal microbiota and therapeutic response of Crohn's disease (CD) patients treated with ustekinumab (UST; Stelara) in the phase 2 CERTIFI study. Using stool samples collected over the course of 22 weeks, the composition of these subjects' fecal bacterial communities was characterized by sequencing the 16S rRNA gene...
March 13, 2018: MBio
Franklin R Toapanta, Paula J Bernal, Karen L Kotloff, Myron M Levine, Marcelo B Sztein
BACKGROUND: Shigellosis persists as a public health problem worldwide causing ~ 165,000 deaths every year, of which ~ 55,000 are in children less than 5 years of age. No vaccine against shigellosis is currently licensed. The live-attenuated Shigella flexneri 2a vaccine candidate CVD 1208S (S. flexneri 2a; ΔguaBA, Δset, Δsen) demonstrated to be safe and immunogenic in phase 1 and 2 clinical trials. Earlier reports focused on humoral immunity. However, Shigella is an intracellular pathogen and therefore, T cell mediated immunity (T-CMI) is also expected to play an important role...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Breno C B Beirão, Max Ingberman, Celso Fávaro, Dany Mesa, Letícia C Bittencourt, Vitor B Fascina, Luiz Felipe Caron
Probiotics and immunization are being widely adopted by the poultry industry with the goal of controlling Salmonella enterica. However, the interaction between these two management protocols has been sparsely studied. The present study aimed to understand the role of an Enterococcus faecium probiotic in the production of salmonella-specific IgA in layers immunized with a live vaccine. Four groups were used: 'Control' (no vaccine or probiotic); 'Probiotic' (which received an E. faecium product); 'Vaccine' (immunized with two doses of a live attenuated S...
March 14, 2018: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
Bing Dong, Shaoshuai Liu, Chunlin Wang, Yunhe Cao
Objective: This study was designed to investigate the effects of an Aspergillus sulphureus xylanase expressed in Pichia pastoris on the growth performance, nutrient digestibility and gut microbes in weanling pigs. Methods: A total of 180 weanling pigs (initial body weights were 8.47 ± 1.40 kg) were assigned randomly to 5 dietary treatments. Each treatment had 6 replicates with 6 pigs per replicate. The experimental diets were wheat based with supplementation of 0, 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 U xylanase/kg...
March 13, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Jurairat Rungruangsaphakun, Suttipun Keawsompong
Copra meal is a good source of galactomannan and it s mannooligosaccharides have prebiotic properties. However, limited data are available concerning the ideal requirements for mannan hydrolysis. Thus, optimum hydrolysis conditions for the production of oligosaccharides from copra meal hydrolysate were investigated using response surface methodology. Model validation provided good agreement between experimental results and predicted responses. Maximum oligosaccharide of 14.41 ± 0.09 mg/ml (20 ml) was obtained at an enzyme concentration of 16...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
E Cabrera-Díaz, L Martínez-Chávez, J Sánchez-Camarena, J A Muñiz-Flores, A Castillo, P Gutiérrez-González, S M Arvizu-Medrano, D G González-Aguilar, N E Martínez-Gonzáles
Simultaneous and individual enumeration of Salmonella, Shigella and Listeria monocytogenes was compared on inoculated Roma tomatoes and Serrano peppers using an Most Probable Number (MPN) technique. Samples consisting of tomatoes (4 units) or peppers (8 units) were individually inoculated with a cocktail of three strains of Salmonella, Shigella or L. monocytogenes, or by simultaneous inoculation of three strains of each pathogen, at low (1.2-1.7 log CFU/sample) and high (2.2-2.7 log CFU/sample) inocula. Samples were analyzed by an MPN technique using universal pre-enrichment (UP) broth at 35 °C for 24 ± 2 h...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Yongming Zhou, Jingyun Zhang, Shukun Wang, Wen Xu, Weili Liang, Meiying Yan, Duochun Wang, Baowei Diao, Bo Pang, Xin Lu, Fenxia Fan, Jie Li, Jing Lou, Li Zhang, Ruibai Wang, Xiaoying Cui, Meng Zhao, Rui Wu, Hongyan Cai, Xiaoli Du, Zhigang Cui, Wenpeng Gu, Rusong Yang, Biao Kan
OBJECTIVES: To conduct a one-year pathogen surveillance of acute diarrheal disease based on outpatient clinics in township hospitals in rural Hongta District of Yunnan Province, China. METHODS: Fecal specimens of acute diarrhea cases and relevant epidemiological information were collected. Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, Aeromonas, Plesiomonas shigelloides and diarrheogenic Escherichia coli (DEC) were examined. RESULTS: Among the 797 stool specimens sampled, 198 samples (24...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Alexandre Dumusc, Thomas Hügle
Reactive arthritis is usually regarded as a form of spondylarthritis. Patients generally present with an acute asymmetrical oligoarthritis following an episode of diarrhea or urethritis. The most frequent involved pathogens are Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter and Chlamydia trachomatis. Additional causative pathogens have been described. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the first line treatment for reactive arthritis, associated with physiotherapy. Occasionally, a short course of glucocorticoids or an intra-articular injection is needed...
March 7, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Emma McGuire, Simon Tiberi, Holly Ciesielczuk, Mark Melzer
We present a rare case of Shigella flexneri bacteraemia and toxic megacolon, and discuss the challenges of conventional laboratory techniques versus molecular PCR platforms in differentiating between Shigella species and Escherichia coli.
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Qiuxia Ma, Yong Huang, Jian Wang, Xuebin Xu, Jane Hawkey, Chaojie Yang, Beibei Liang, Xiaofeng Hu, Fuli Wu, Xiaoxia Yang, Jinyan Wang, Rongrui Li, Peng Li, Jing Xie, Leili Jia, Ligui Wang, Rongzhang Hao, Yigang Tong, Kathryn E Holt, Shaofu Qiu, Yansong Sun, Hongbin Song
Since the plasmid-mediated polymyxin resistance gene mcr-1 was first reported in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in China, only one mcr-1-positive isolate of Shigella sonnei, containing inactivated mcr-1, has been reported worldwide. Here, we screened 1650 historical S. sonnei strains isolated from 2003 to 2015 in China for mcr-1. We determined the antimicrobial susceptibilities and resistance genes of mcr-1-positive isolates and investigated the transferability of polymyxin resistance by plasmid conjugation...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Yiwei Qian, Xiaodong Yang, Shaoqing Xu, Chunyan Wu, Yanyan Song, Nan Qin, Sheng-Di Chen, Qin Xiao
Emerging evidences suggest that gut microbiota dysbiosis plays a role in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the alterations in fecal microbiome in Chinese PD patients remains unknown. This case-control study was conducted to explore fecal microbiota compositions in Chinese PD patients. Microbiota communities in the feces of 45 patients and their healthy spouses were investigated using high-throughput Illumina Miseq sequencing targeting the V3-V4 region of 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. The relationships between fecal microbiota and PD clinical characteristics were analyzed...
March 1, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Beibei Liang, Adam P Roberts, Xuebin Xu, Chaojie Yang, Xiaoxia Yang, Jinyan Wang, Shengjie Yi, Yongrui Li, Qiuxia Ma, Fuli Wu, Shaofu Qiu, Hongbin Song
Since its initial discovery in an Escherichia coli isolate from China, mcr-1 has also been detected in Klebsiella pneumoniae and Salmonella enterica , and is rarely reported in other Enterobacteriaceae. Here, we report the isolation and identification of a Shigella flexneri strain harboring mcr-1 from stool samples in a pig farm in China from 2009. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) to colistin of the isolate is 4 μg/mL. Conjugation assays showed the donor S. flexneri strain has functional and transferable colistin resistance...
March 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
I A Vasiliadou, R Molina, F Martinez, J A Melero, P M Stathopoulou, G Tsiamis
Micropollutants of emerging concern such as pharmaceuticals can significantly affect the performance of secondary biological processes in wastewater treatment plants. The present study is aimed to evaluate the toxicity and inhibition of three pharmaceutical compounds (caffeine, sulfamethoxazole and carbamazepine) on two cultures of microbial consortia enriched from wastewater aerobic activated sludge. One of them was acclimated to pharmaceuticals and the other was non-acclimated as control bioassay. The toxic and inhibitory effects on these cultures were assessed by respirometric tests through the oxygen uptake rate as an indicator of their capacity to degrade a readily available carbon source...
February 26, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Shahira H El-Moslamy
In this report, the local nano-MgO synthesizer strain has been isolated from Ocimum sanctum plant and deposited in GenBank as endophytic Streptomyces coelicolor strain E72. Its intracellular metabolic fraction that contains 7.2 μg/μl of carbohydrate, 6.3 g/l of protein and 5.2 nmol/hr/ml of nitrate reductase used to produce multi-surface shaped nano-MgO with diameter ~25 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report using statistical nanobiotechnological strategies (Plackett -Burman, Box-Behnken and Taguchi experimental designs) to study and evaluate the endophytic S...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Falguni Debnath, Asish K Mukhopadhyay, Goutam Choudhury, Rudra Narayan Saha, Shanta Dutta
A foodborne acute gastroenteritis outbreak due to Shigella sonnei infection occurred in a household after having food in a housewarming party of Pakapol Village, South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal, an Indian state in November 2016. Here we report, the epidemiological and microbiological findings of this outbreak. Thirty-four people attended the party on 23rd November 2016 and had lunch together. Median incubation period for development of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases from time of food consumption was 18...
February 28, 2018: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
Su-Bin Hwang, Jung-Gu Choi, Shuai Wei, Byung-Jae Park, Ramachandran Chelliah, Deog-Hwan Oh
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains are the main cause of bacillary dysentery, although STEC strains generally induce milder disease symptoms compared to Shigella species. This study aimed to determine the virulence of STEC using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model host. Worm killing, fertility and bacterial colonisation assays were performed to examine the potential difference in the virulence of STEC strains compared to that of the control E. coli OP50 strains on which worms were fed...
2018: PloS One
Kelly A Miller, Anna Cristina Garza-Mayers, Yiuka Leung, Marcia B Goldberg
Shigella species cause diarrhoea by invading and spreading through the epithelial layer of the human colon. The infection triggers innate immune responses in the host that the bacterium combats by translocating into the host cell cytosol via a type 3 secretion system bacterial effector proteins that interfere with host processes. We previously demonstrated that interaction of the Shigella type 3 secreted effector protein IcsB with the host protein Toca-1 inhibits the innate immune response microtubule-associated protein light-chain 3 (LC3)-associated phagocytosis, and that IcsB interaction with Toca-1 is required for inhibition of this host response...
February 28, 2018: Microbiology
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